Theft & Assault Attorney Portland, OR
Needing a theft or assault lawyer in Portland is more common than you might think. Part of the reasons why assault and theft are so common is that they are so situational, without any kind of pre-planning or specific criminal intent. A girlfriend gets shoved in a crowded cocktail lounge and her boyfriend comes up swinging. A mom goes shopping and absentmindedly leaves the store without paying. It happens all the time.
A theft and assault lawyer in Portland can help defend you or prove that your actions were misconstrued. This is important because these charges could harm your future job prospects, child custody, and housing status. Read on to learn about the various penalties for these crimes and how a theft & assault lawyer in Portland can help.
Portland, Oregon Theft Charges
In Oregon, third-degree theft is the least serious theft charge. It means taking someone else’s property worth less than $100. It’s classified as a Class “C” misdemeanor, with a maximum of 30 days in jail and a maximum fine of $1,250.00. Such penalties are extremely rare for such low-level misdemeanors, which usually will only carry a fine in the hundreds of dollars, restitution to the victim, and jail time measured in days, if imposed at all.
Your Portland theft lawyer will tell you that charges get more severe as the property value goes up. If the property is valued between $100 and $1,000, the charge is second-degree theft (a Class “A” misdemeanor), with a maximum fine of $6,250 and up to one year in jail.
If the property is valued at $1,000 or more, the charge becomes first-degree theft. (Stealing a gun or wild animal is also automatically first-degree theft.) This crime is classified as a Class “C” felony, with a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a maximum fine of $125,000. But even then, maximum penalties are rarely imposed, and then only for special circumstances. A Portland theft lawyer will be able to help your defense.
Portland Assault Charges
Similarly with assault charges, the use of a weapon and the degree of injury sustained by the victim make all the difference in the gravity of the charges. The most common cases are fourth degree assaults, which are classified as a Class “A” misdemeanor. For more severe cases than that, assault becomes a felony.
Here’s the breakdown:
|Fourth-degree assault||Third-degree assault||Second-degree assault||First-degree assault|
|Charge||Class “A” misdemeanor||Class “C” felony||Class “B” felony||Class “A” felony|
|Maximum prison sentence||1 year||5 years||10 years||20 years|
|Driver’s license suspension||1 year||5 years||8 years||Lifetime|
|Especially if...||...the person assaulted was a public safety officer
...a child witnessed it
...you have a past conviction for assaulting the same person
...you knew the person was pregnant
|...you were driving under the influence||...you intentionally harmed a child under 6|
Rather than receiving jail time, you may simply be placed on probation, which might entail following a curfew, completing anger management courses, or putting in hours of community service. The judge’s verdict will take these factors into account:
Your psychological history
Whether you have prior criminal convictions
What the victim says
Whether or not you have a job
A Portland assault lawyer can help you avoid the most serious charges and protect you from angry and vindictive prosecutors. We investigate the accuracy of the victim’s claims, witness statements, medical records, and recommend your best defense.
Whether you’re facing a theft or assault charge, it’s crucially important to be represented by a Portland theft or assault attorney with a deep understanding of the defenses available, and an even deeper understanding of how the system works. As a former Deputy District Attorney who routinely prosecuted these crimes and a current criminal defense attorney in Portland, I can help like few others can.
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